May 26, 2010

Food 2.0 Event June 4th - Feeding a Hungry World

In line with the increasing "farm to table" mentality sweeping the country, and the popularity of authors like Michael Pollan and films such as Food Inc., there is a great event happening next Friday evening - June 4th as part of the World Science Festival, bringing together several panelists to discuss the innovations needed in farming to be able to continue to feed our ever growing population.

Food 2.0
By 2050, one of every four people on Earth will go hungry unless food production more than doubles. Science-based agriculture has proposed unconventional new tools -- earthworms, bacteria, and even genes from sunny daffodils -- to meet this towering challenge. But will such innovative ideas be enough? And can we bridge the ideological divide over genetically modified foods that separates scientists and environmentalists? What role does eating and farming locally play in the next green revolution? Influential voices from a wide variety of perspectives engage in a spirited discussion and debate on issues vital to the future.

Friday, June 4, 2010, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Baruch Performing Arts Center (Engelman) 

Tickets are $30/adult - $15/student. 


Louise Fresco
Louise O. Fresco is an expert in the intersection of international development, agriculture and food, advising the Dutch government on socio-economic policy and climate change. Her career has included field work in tropical countries and leading positions within the United Nations, including Assistant Director-General in charge of agriculture at the Food and Agriculture Organization.

Monty Jones
Monty Jones is co-winner of the prestigious 2004 World Food Prize, awarded for his discovery of the genetic process to create the New Rice for Africa (NERICA) which gives higher yields, shorter growth cycles and more protein content than its Asian and African parents.

Pamela Ronald
Pamela Ronald is Professor at the University of California, Davis, where she studies the role that genes play in a plant's response to its environment. Her laboratory has genetically engineered rice for resistance to diseases and flooding, which are serious problems of rice crops in Asia and Africa.

Dan Harris
In his decade at ABC News, Dan Harris has reported from Pakistan, Afghanistan, South Korea, and the Middle East, as well as spending many months in Iraq, both before and after the U.S.-led invasion. Domestically, he covered the World Trade Center bombing, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the presidential campaigns of Howard Dean and John Kerry.

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